Regis Philbin Thinks One Of His Pals Could Fill His 'Live!' Seat

Regis Philbin speaks with Tom Bergeron after being inducted to the Disney Legends during the D23 Expo 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., on August 19, 2011 Regis Philbin speaks with Tom Bergeron after being inducted to the Disney Legends during the D23 Expo 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., on August 19, 2011

Regis Philbin is inching closer toward his departure from “Live! with Regis & Kelly” and there’s one member of the ABC family he’d love to see take over his seat – “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Tom Bergeron.

“Why not Bergeron? What is he doing? Tom Bergeron is not doing anything!” Regis joked to Access Hollywood at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend, where he was presented with a Legend Award.

“He could do it and he would love to do it. He wants to be a talk show host, I don’t know how they got him on that dance thing. It’s not gonna last,” he laughed.

Unfortunately for Regis, his No. 1 candidate isn’t planning a move.

“I can’t, I work on the West Coast, that show is on the East Coast,” Tom told Access. “If we could maybe do it in Kansas — do everything in Kansas, then I’d be good. Yeah, yeah something like that.”

So while Tom won’t be stepping into Regis’ shoes any time soon, Regis also won’t be crossing over to Tom’s ballroom.

“No, I don’t think so, it’s too much work,” Regis said of those continuing rumors he could head to the “DWTS” competition. “I’ve talked to the people who have been on the show. They’re all banged up, they need new hips, new knees I’ve done that — don’t want to do it again.”

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